Pumpkin Update… Let The 3rd Trimester Begin!

Hello 3rd trimester, I didn’t expect to see you so soon!

No seriously, this pregnancy is flying by WAY TOO FAST! I’m so excited to meet this little one but I feel like we just announced it to the world! It’s been a very eventful month and baby boy is growing strong and riding low! He’s giving me LOTS of crazy movements these days which leads me to believe he’s going to be one energetic little boy! These aren’t little pokes and jabs but back flips and full stretches. Fairly soon after my last update another exciting milestone started happening: braxton hicks contractions! Gotta love these practice runs for the BIG DAY. They seem to be stronger this time but I just credit that to my body being more used to the sensation since it’s done it before. I’ve been using each one as a chance to practice my labor relaxation techniques: focusing my attention on relaxing every part of my body sans the contraction itself and really letting my body do what it’s designed to do.

I’m definitely more tired these days and  have been dealing with dry eyes from time to time. I probably look like I’m mad but I’m just squinting through the dryness! I also blame the weather on that last part… nuts. One day it’s 70 degrees and the next they are talking about another POLAR VORTEX hitting us. Anyone else ready for spring and summer weather?

I’m still sleeping about the same; up at least once to use the bathroom and lots of adjusting throughout the night but overall finding it easy to drift back to sleep. It has become more of a process actually getting OUT of the bed since lifting my big ol’ belly requires a sideways push up. What little abs I have in there are no match for the weight of baby boy!

It’s also getting harder to hold K for long lengths of time… which makes it SUPER convenient that she’s been more whiney and clingy lately. It’s as if she knows she needs to get her 1-on-1 time in now so she’s always asking to be held, especially when I’m making dinner.  It’s not that she’s too heavy but just heavy enough {and tall enough} to be sitting uncomfortably on her brother.

As far as cravings go, I blame Valentine’s Day for my obsession with conversation hearts. Not the yucky chalky ones that taste like Comet but the good “Sweethearts” kind that actually have flavors. Shame on Kroger for offering 3 boxes for $1. It’s been my guilty pleasure! That and I could probably eat tacos for every meal. It’s not a mexican food craving, just tacos. Good thing the hubs likes them too because they’ve graced our dinner table a number of times in the last month!

One thing I’ve actually been struggling with this month has been successfully managing stress. I lost my grandmother at the end of January and had a really hard time dealing with everything surrounding her death. Not just dealing with the grief, which was quite painful, but the stress of traveling for the funeral {sadly without Z}, family dynamics, patience in parenting, etc. I broke down in tears a few times like when I was looking up airfare and the very unfriendly United Airlines woman told me it would be $841 for a bereavement plane ticket from Atlanta to Norfolk with a 5 hour layover in DC and K would have to have her own ticket {also at $841} because she was 1 month past the 24 month limit. Yea. Never flying United. Delta offered $480 round trip bereavement tickets {and had excellent, sympathetic customer service} but I still would have had to get K her own seat. Needless to say we did not fly. Being that I tend to be a crier even when I’m not pregnant, I was surprised that with the exception of a few more ugly cries, mostly I was just mad. My stress morphed with my hormones and turned into pure frustration and anger. I try to be as relaxed, happy, and calm as possible when I’m pregnant but I just could’t manage it. Thankfully when I was back home and into the normal routine with Z things got better. He really is my rock and I’m so thankful to have him. 

That’s about all the pregnancy updates for month 7. I just can’t believe I’m already in the home stretch! Every time someone asks me when I’m due their reaction is always “WOW THAT’S SO SOON!” As I look at my to do list I’m realizing that more and more. Lots to get done but I’ve also gotten a lot accomplished, INCLUDING making some great headway on the nursery transition {pictures to come} and pulling all of K’s  baby things to a more easily accessible section of the our lame excuse for an attic {overexerted myself a bit with that one}. I’ll keep all the updates coming!

Until next time…

Floorplans Galore!

I shared a photo back in December called Transformation Initiation with a photo of our guest bedroom as it’s been for the last few years. We’ve added some new bedding and rearranged a bit but the color and basic layout has been the same from the time we moved in.

Now that we’re going to be using it as a guest room AND nursery for baby boy I’ve been happily checking things off my to do list {thank you nesting!!}. The painting was a lot of fun but the most difficult part has been taking on some major finagling to make all the furniture work. I love rearranging but being in my 7th month of pregnancy I didn’t want to spend all day pushing and shoving larger pieces like the dresser and bed around the room by myself; something I would have loved doing in any other circumstance. So I sought out the help of home improvement gurus John and Sherry Petersik at Young House Love. They were very helpful and pointed me toward Floorplanner.com. Holy moly I love this site!  You can create multiple floorplans with a few clicks and see what set up you like best BEFORE all the pushing and shoving begins! BINGO!

I’m working with a crib, side table, queen bed, glider and rocking ottoman. There is currently a small dresser in the room that I plan on moving INTO the closet to use as a changing table/set of drawers. That means the sliding doors on the closet will be removed so having anything near that back corner won’t be as cluttered as it might seem. As you’ll see in the three designs, there’s not a whole lot of space to work with and the bed takes up the majority of the room which makes things difficult. Pair that with the placement of the closet {sliding doors in the bottom right corner} and large back wall window and I struggled to make everything fit. But I really love the three designs I came up with and think any of them would work!

Here were my top three options:

I like the parallel layout of the crib and bed in this first option, and appreciate that the bed isn’t facing the door, leaving a lot of walking room as you first enter. But the amount of space between the end of the bed and the glider isn’t the most ideal. I’m foreseeing that the filing cabinet we currently have tucked back in the closet will remain there and act as a shelf of some sort {covered with a fun fabric of course} so I can use it for easy-to-reach items while in the glider but it’s kind of behind everything which may prove difficult.

Another parallel set up which, again, I love. It will be very convenient if I want to grab baby boy during the night and lay back down to nurse or snuggle. Only this time there’s significantly more room between the ‘sitting corner’ and other furniture. I also like that the extra space allows me to have the side table next to the glider which will definitely come in handy if I need to reach something while rocking the baby. Another perk to this layout is that the crib is on the outside wall instead of up against K’s room. So if baby boy is pitching a fit it {hopefully} won’t be as much of a disturbance to her.

Design 3 is probably my least favorite. The bed is basically in the same place it is now just closer to the front wall. There’s plenty of space there to walk but I don’t like that the largest piece of furniture in the room is pressed so closely to the wall. Plus, despite the fact that we are keeping it a partial guest room, having the bed in the same place it’s always been makes it feel less like a ‘new room’ which is kind of the goal. I like that the glider is back in the corner, and has access to the side table again, but I’m not a fan of the crib being right up against the window. Even though we’re not sure if we’ll be in this house next winter, I don’t like the idea of any kind of window-draft being that close to baby boy. Kind of a dud design, but worth sharing.

So what do you think?  Does one stand out above the others??

While I’m still deciding on the winning layout, here’s a run down of what is being done in the room and what’s already been completed!

1. paint the room – using a light grey {almost white} while leaving a single navy accent wall. Lightening the color helped open up the room and make it seem larger! – DONE

2. remove the large dresser – DONE {thanks mom and dad!}

3. remove sliding mirror doors from closet – DONE

3. empty out closet – possibly use the filing cabinet as additional shelving. It’s a little too big to put up in our tiny attic and is more accessible for filing bills and what not. 50% DONE

4. move small dresser inside closet- opening up more space and creating a changing table in the closet.

5. bring K’s glider/ottoman in from her room to give her more space for some of the larger Christmas toys she got and provide a rocker for baby boy. I LOVED rocking K when she was fussy or before bed. Definitely want to so that with baby brother as well.

Lots more to do but I’m eager to get it all done!

Pumpkin Update… 6 months

Another month, another bump photo, another update on pumpkin thus far!

Oh lordy I need a haircut… let’s focus on that growing bump, eh?

Month 6 was filled with a lot of new developments! Looking back at my last few updates I realize that I have a tendency to ramble about life in general over baby-specific talk.  Maybe that’s why it always takes me to long to get these updates shared…. maybe… so to make sure I get this posted in time and don’t keep you reading for an hour I’ll try to keep it pregnancy centered!

One of the newer developments in month six was the arrival of sciatic nerve and hip pain. The sciatic pain isn’t all the time, not that painful – more annoying, and it’s fairly easy to get rid of in the moment so I can’t complain but so much. It’s generally on my right side {my go-to side when I hold K} and if I can lay down on my left side I’m able to relieve the pressure and reduce or remove the pain. It’s something new from my pregnancy with K so worth noting in the end I suppose. As for the hip pain, I’m not sure where it’s coming from. Also not frequent and not unbearable, but obnoxious and more difficult to relieve.

I was really excited when I watched my tummy ‘jump’ for the first time! Kicks have been getting stronger and stronger and as we grow together I get to see his little dance parties happen first hand. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. It’s really fun to set things like my phone on my belly and see how long it takes him to knock it off. “He’s gonna be a little socca playa”

During our trip to Va for Christmas/New Years I did have a few bouts of morning sickness. The first day seemed really random after day 2 I realized that it was caused by me drinking orange juice first thing in the morning. I thought I felt a cold coming on so I was trying to boost my vitamin C but baby boy has been used to hot chocolate first thing and was clearly thrown off by the acid of the orange juice. Lesson learned. Hot chocolate before OJ always. Pumpkin knows what’s really good for him 😉

I am slowly watching my belly button pop which I’m not too pumped about. I’m really shocked at how fast it’s happening this time considering it NEVER popped with K. I guess it’s how low he’s riding that’s putting more focus on that part of my tummy.

I also had my glucose test this week and I have to tell you people, I’m officially one of those weirdos who doesn’t mind and, dare I say, likes, the glucola drink they have you chug. I liked the orange last time and I liked the red this time. I actually had a better overall experience with the blood drawing and jittery feeling. Most likely because I didn’t have a 2 year old to help distract me from it all last time. While I was trying to tell myself not to feel lightheaded when they took my blood last time, I was focused on K not seeing them draw it this time. End result… no lightheadedness! I did accompany K during her nap today when the sugar crash hit me but I was expecting that and, quite frankly, benefited from catching a few extra z’s.

All in all I’m feeling pretty great at this point in the pregnancy. My midwife says I’m measuring a little small {I don’t see how that’s possible} but I measured small with K the entire time and she credits it to how low he is. I have a ton of energy and am nesting big time! I got the nursery painted with the help of my dear friend Andrea… she helped me paint K’s room too… and was on such a kick that I also painted our master bathroom. Now I want to paint ALL THE ROOMS. Here’s to three more happy and healthy months!

Until next time…

Pumpkin Update…

Once again, I’m late in getting this update out (I’m currently 24 weeks).  I could just blame Christmas but that feels a little too blasphemous. I suppose it’s become a habit, but at least I’m getting them out at all! It’s been a busy month!

Strange to think we have to back track all the way to Thanksgiving for what’s happened in my 5th month. *My dates are slightly skewed but I’m taking photos on the 22nd of each month since that’s when I took my first photo.* As I mentioned in K’s most recent update, Thanksgiving was wonderful! Very low-key and small. The month that followed was a huge challenge for me nutrition-wise since our refrigerator decided to call it quits and Sears did nothing but give us the run-around – they still are, in fact! We tossed the perishable stuff and took advantage of the cold weather by keeping most essentials outside in coolers. When all the Turkey Day leftovers were gone and things warmed up a little we bought a mini-frig which, if you can remember back to college days, does’t provide a lot of room for anything remotely healthy. But we made it through and the people at Kroger came to know me by name during my daily trips for dinner supplies. I’m proud of the fact that I didn’t give in to my urge to fill that mini-frig with Yoohoo! and relive some of my college days.

We had our 20 week ultrasound and super fun silly string gender reveal {follow the link and read all about it} which was a blast and we are so excited to be adding a bouncing baby boy to our family circus. K is excited about ‘bay-beee bwado’ and I even managed to snag my first collection of little boy clothes at our local Once Upon A Child. YAY for consignment!

At about the same time we learned we were having a boy, his movement really ‘kicked’ into high gear! Kicks, punches and stretches galore! Z was even able to feel his first kick… well his first parade of kicks. And just like his sister did, Pumpkin prefers to wait until I’ve totally relaxed in bed just before falling asleep to have a dance party. I joked that from all the trouble he gave me in my first trimester that he’ll be a handful and now I’m convinced. This little boy is going to be trouble! I can’t wait 🙂

There’s not too much else to report from the last month which I suppose is a good thing. I have my glucose test in a couple of weeks which is SUPER exciting. I decided to go for the red sugar juice this time since I had orange with K. Color me rebellious.

Since there is little to report I thought I’d pull some of the survey questions from last time around, just for fun.

*How far along? 22 weeks in the photo, 24 weeks now

*Total weight gain/loss: Do people really check this anymore?

*How big is baby?  About the size of an ear of corn!

*Belly Button in or out? Mostly in but I have a feeling it will pop this time around. :/ It’s already facing up a little since baby boy is riding low, leaving me with a happy little belly button pool whenever I get out of the shower. Yes, I’m a psycho for finding joy in that.

*Wedding rings on or off? Still on – due in part to my fingers’ magical shrinking skills when the temperature gets below 70 degrees

*Sleep? Falling asleep is easy, despite the dance party in my belly, waking up to pee is less fun – especially since it’s freezing and there’s nothing worse than lifting those warm covers off to an arctic chill!

Until next time…

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram! where you’re more likely to catch a glimpse of the bump outside of these monthly posts! Plus there’s lost of Bean photos and I’m sure I’ll be sharing plenty of nursery sneak peaks soon!